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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCHSET] mremap/mmap mess
On Sat, 5 Dec 2009, Al Viro wrote:
> Series below should deal with those, mostly by switching to consistent
> use of get_unmapped_area() and sanitizing mmap/mremap code in general.

Sorry, I've not got through them all yet.

> There is one case where we still have a serious PITA and I'm not sure
> how to deal with that; it's expand_stack(). We can trigger that by
> creating a VM_GROWS{UP,DOWN} mapping and either hitting a pagefault
> on address {below,above} it or doing PTRACE_POKEDATA on such address.
> As it is, we only check that range we are expanding into is not a
> hugetlb-only one. The thing is, we *can't* just do the normal checks
> as-is there.

It's been noticed in the past that the wrong rlimits are checked too.
I toyed with this patch nearly five years ago: does anyone know why
we need access_process_vm() to be able to expand another's stack?

[PATCH] mm: forbid expand_stack on another mm

In a very few cases, get_user_pages() is used on another process's address
space: by access_process_vm() (ptrace, /proc/<pid>/mem and a few others),
perhaps arch/arm/mach-bcmring/dma.c, perhaps drivers/gpu/drm/ttm/ttm_tt.c.

But expand_stack() can get into trouble when used on another process:
the wrong rlimits are applied, and the stack could be expanded into an
area forbidden to that kind of process - mm doesn't contain all the info.

I've never found out why we need access_process_vm() to expand a stack:
shall we see what breaks if we just forbid expand_stack() on another mm?

Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <>

mm/mmap.c | 4 +++-
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- 2.6.32/mm/mmap.c 2009-12-03 03:51:21.000000000 +0000
+++ linux/mm/mmap.c 2009-12-06 16:49:01.000000000 +0000
@@ -1717,7 +1717,7 @@ find_extend_vma(struct mm_struct *mm, un
vma = find_vma_prev(mm, addr, &prev);
if (vma && (vma->vm_start <= addr))
return vma;
- if (!prev || expand_stack(prev, addr))
+ if (!prev || mm != current->mm || expand_stack(prev, addr))
return NULL;
if (prev->vm_flags & VM_LOCKED) {
if (mlock_vma_pages_range(prev, addr, prev->vm_end) < 0)
@@ -1745,6 +1745,8 @@ find_extend_vma(struct mm_struct * mm, u
return vma;
if (!(vma->vm_flags & VM_GROWSDOWN))
return NULL;
+ if (mm != current->mm)
+ return NULL;
start = vma->vm_start;
if (expand_stack(vma, addr))
return NULL;

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